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for troops going to and from afghanistan. >> there is no defined date as to when the transit center will close. or if it ever closes. our opportunities here are to support the international efforts in afghanistan. and while president obama said some will draw down, there will still be forces in afghanistan. so for the foreseeable future, we are here with our partners supporting efforts in afghanistan. >> there is 1200 american troops at the transit center. >>> with summer in full swing, it's hard to remember not everyone is celebrating and this is no ordinary food drive. we'll take you to see the good work being done by a group of people who haven't forgotten what happened in missouri more than one month ago. >>> and a woman accused of killing her little girl and what finally made casey anthony cry in court is coming your way on the other side of the break.  >>> closing arguments today in the murder trial against casey anthony, the florida mother accused of killing her 2-year- old daughter. and as she broke down in the courtroom, more accusations flew. jessica stone is in orlando w
.s. and nay toe forces in afghanistan have a new commander -- nato forces in afghanistan have a new commander. general david petraeus handed over command of the war to marine general john allen. pet yous is returning to washington to direct the -- petraeus is returning to washington to direct the cia. today's handover comes as the u.s. starts pulling troops out of afghanistan and gradually transferring security to local forces. >>> up next were maryland voters told to stay away from polls on election day? the robocall controversy goes to court and one of the people facing criminal charges speaks out. >>> plus check out some of the other stories on our rundown tonight. the news edge at 11:00 is coming right back. >> this is fox 5 news edge at 11:00.  >>> it's been months since the last race for governor for maryland ended, but the controversy over thousands it of robocalls made election day is just heating up. two political consultants working for former governor robert ehrlich are facing criminal charges. fox 5's laura evans reports. >> was there in any way an
. >>> turning now to the war in afghanistan where the u.s. is said to be making major strides. defense secretary is in afghanistan tonight and he says we're close to beating al- qaeda. fox's david piper has the latest. >> defense secretary leon pinetta arriving in afghanistan for his first visit to the war zone. this comes a week after he took his new tough job. >> it's big, it's complicated, it's filled with sophisticated technology. it's bumpy, but in the end it's the best in the world. >> the u.s. and allies are now within reach of defeating al- qaeda. >> the key is that having gotten bin laden, we've now identified some of the key leadership within al-qaeda, both in pakistan as well as in yemen and other areas that if we can be successful at going after them, i think we can really undermind their ability. >> the former cia director and other afghan officials discuss the plan to pull american troops. president obama wants to bring about 10,000 troops back home this year and 23,000 more next year. >> the key to success in afghanistan is the ability to successfully transition to the afgha
will receive it for courageous actions in afghanistan 2008 he is only the second living active duty soldier to get the award he will be awarded in the east room of the white house in front of his wife and other family members. >>> another big story private funeral service held in california for former first lady betty ford she will be remembered at st. margaret's church in palm dessert among those a-- desert. today's service is invitation only but will be televised following the funeral the public is invited to file past mrs. ford's casket and sign a guest book until midnight. >>> some other top stories montgomery county council taking up a proposed curfew for teens 18 and younger the bill would impose an 11:00 p.m. curfew sunday through thursday nights and 12:01 a.m. curfew on the weekends, minors will be barred from public places in the county until 5:00 a.m. the next morning parents could be held responsible for allowing children to violate that curfew. >> montgomery county council expected to discuss a proposed smoking ban today pertains to indoor common areas, multifamily dwellings, ha
afghanistan. >> reporter: it is the president's decision he is commander and chief some of his generaltop military folks said it wasn't really among the options they presented to him he went with a more aggressive plan we have seen a lot of violence attack at the intercontinental hotel and a roadside bomb that killed 13 additional people we will talk about whether afghanistan is ready for a draw down. >> right and then so what if there really isn't any going back now. >> reporter: yeah, sounds like it nothing is set in stone obviously, things changed markettedly he is the commander and chief he could change chorus and change plans we see in iraq for example, in the midst of a draw down there have been hints we might want to ask baghdad to say hey, let us leave a few more troops we thing it is in your best interest that is iraq's call and afghanistan we are setting the time table the president could change course. >> finally before we go, 4th of july upon us you will feature an actor, a regular here for capitol 4th celebrations this year he is premiering a documentary. >> reporter: lieuten
of american troops in afghanistan this weekend. >> reporter: before leaving to iraq america's defense secretary headed to afghanistan to see for himself the situation there and speak to the troops. this is the area where most of the fighting has been taking place in recent years and where the majority of u.s. forces are. this is his first overseas trip since being appointed to his new role and afghanistan is a key responsibility for panetta. the defense secretary has been very upbeat about the prospects of defeating al-qaeda during this trip. he said if they can keep the military pressure up on them and also capture or kill less than 20 of the terror group's key leaders still operating in countries between here and afghanistan and north africa, then they will have an effect strategically -- in effect strategically defeated them. his assessment comes as afghanistan prepares for the gradual drawdown of u.s. troops due to begin this summer. 10,000 are due to leave this year and another 23,000 in 2012. the defense secretary also said he hoped to drive the taliban to peace talks during the
celebrated his last fourth of july as top commander in afghanistan. general pet ray also spent the holiday to add rehad been enlistment ceremonies in kandahar and bagram airfield. the vus its made at lost one soldier feel privileged. >> you can feel the honor when you get a general like general petraeus to come down and do it for us. it peak it feel more important to me. it will be nice being able to call home and tell my mom to check it out on tv and tell my family that i got to do this, something that i'll never be able to do again. >> the general says the effort will center on the eastern border with pakistan. >>> it was a fourth of july to remember for the sweet and ballmer children now of bowie children. >> their mom and dad tied the knot. the wedding brought together two war-torn families. bob barnard with that ceremony. >> reporter: beneath the towering air force memorial overlooking the nation's capital, amid the bus loads of tourists on this hazy summer day appears a white stretch limo and in it, two families scarred by war. >> chris actually picked the 4th. he tells me that i'm h
secretary of defense leon panetta met with u.s. troops in afghanistan today during an unannounced visit. he met with members of a med i vac team and visited the 115th support hospital before addressing troops at camp dwyer. panetta is now in iraq where he will meet with troupes and government leaders. >>> at least one -- with u.s. troops and government leaders. >>> at least one is dead and one missing after a boat sinks in russia. a boat carrying more than 100 passengers sank in a river about 450 miles east of moscow. a passing ship saved more than 80 passengers. others made it to the beach on manmade rafts or were saved by rescue workers. >>> a train wreck in the eastern india area killed at least 31 people and injured more than 100. it's not yet clear what caused the derailment, but there are reports the driver did put on the emergency brake. >>> accidents aren't unusual on india's railway network. poor maintenance and human error took the blame for most of those incidents. >>> it's a running of the bulls like only new orleans can do it. one difference from the traditional famed run, thes
there is a new commander in charge in afghanistan. new commander, general john allen is known for helping turn sunni fighters against al-qaeda in iraq. as far as afghanistan, says there are tough days ahead. general david petraeus handed over command of the international forces yesterday. >>> day three of freedom now for casey anthony. still no word on where she is hiding out. one reporter tried to trail her. news choppers followed her to a parking garage where she reportedly switched cars. >>> for the tech sunday time in two weeks, another dust storm in arizona. the wall of dust also known as a haboub hit phoenix yesterday. weather officials say it towered 3,000 feet and wind gusted up to 40 miles per hour. many in the area were still cheaping up following the giant dust storm on july 5th. soy the end of the nfl lookout could be just days away. up next, we'll check in with the sports youngies for their thoughts. >>> also no day at the beach for these beachgoers. a wave of green slime. we'll explain what this was all about coming up.  >>> green sea and sand is comin
was also attacked yesterday. >>> we're following breaking news out of afghanistan. a high profile assassination. we'll have the breaking details coming up next. >>> plus, remembering a former first lady. details of services set for later today to remember the late betty ford. stay with us. it is now 4:37. q allergens can be found on everyday hard surfaces inside your home. lysol disinfecting wipes remove more than 95% of allergens. and lysol disinfectant spray kills the source of mold allergens. helping your family thrive during allergy season. empty nest, new kitchen, new us? who are we? chic, modern, daring dinner-party hosts. that sounds dangerous, maybe we're more the tradiotional sunday brunch set? i'll expect slippers and a cocktail to be ready when i get home from work. point taken. how about... peaceful, quiet cottage in the country folk? now that's us. save up to 20% on every kitchen style, now until august 21st at ikea, the life improvement store. 3q a little french's brings a whole lot of happy.ch's cy in every bottle. french's. happy starts here. >>> we
tube video of himself inviting the actress all the way from afghanistan. >>> taking center stage at the first round of the british open. lindsay must have beeny with the amateur making headlines next. first, did you see what brian wilson wore? and the san francisco giants person showed up in a one- piece, spandex tuxedo. completed the look with a walking stick, white gloves, red sox and orange bow tie. wilson was best known for his mammoth black beard and described the outfit as a onesi; watch out, gaga. >> good evening i'm lindsay must by. thomas bjorn is wondering how much he has left in the tang. the amateur making a major championship debut and we'll start with the u.s. open champ, rory mcilroy. he relationship won since winning at congressional. misses the par putt, bogy 3 at the u.s. open until the 36th hole and shoots a 1-over 71 and currently tied for 51st. the american dustin johnson birdies 49 and 15 and on 16 from 159 yards out, four hops and into the cup for a hole in one and that brings him back to even par where he would finish the first round. thomas bjorn not one of the big na
mansion. >>> a stunning assassination in afghanistan. the half-brother of karzai was shot to death at his home by a close associate. the taliban is claiming responsibility for the attack on karzai. petraeus, commander and nato forces promised international help in finding those responsible. karzai was the controversial figure who denied allegations of corruption and beinglinged to drugs. karzai's death leaves a power vacuum in the south as the government begins peace talks with insurgents. >> we suffered from the same kind of pain and our hope is that god willing, there is an end to the pain and suffering of our afghan people. >> car jay survived several previous assassination at the same times. -- assassination attempts. >>> congressman ron paul won't run for congress again. the 75-year-old has gotten more support for his presidential run than ever and won't try to run for two offices at once. mayor john huntsman is in south carolina telling primary voter when is he was governor of utah, the state ranked first in job creation and compared that to massachusetts which, which is 47ing. the
: metrohealth medical center is a long way from afghanistan where james happened to be on friday during the birth of his first son. >> thanks to technology and the good grace of metrohealth and the director of labor and delivery they werable to put this together. words can't express how truly grateful i am. >> reporter: the member of the 910th air wing is on the front line currently, but he was able to be on the sideline in the delivery room where his soon-to- be wife gave berth to baby richard. >> he's 8 pounds and 10 ounces, and he's 20 inches long and and he is -- has big hands and feet. [ laughter ] >> every delivery is a big occasion for the family, and this would definitely rank in my top 10. >> reporter: jeff petronic is the nurse who helped coordinate the not-so-common connection. >> and that is a great day. >> reporter: mom was due on tuesday but little richard came early and everyone was ready. including his 12-year-old sister alyssa. >> i just -- they're so huge. i love them. i'm see excited. >> reporter: they just kind of took over and -- >> they just kind of took over and
members were killed in a bomb blast in afghanistan the explosion happened earlier today in the eastern part of the country nato has not released further information at this time. >> assassins target more top officials in afghanistan. gun men strapped with explosives killed one of karzai's keyadvisers and a key member of parliament. just last week the president's half brother and another member of parliament were killed a smokes man for the alan -- spokesman for the taliban has claimed responsibility. >>> >> thousands of fans sent running for cover during the blues fest concert in ottawa after the main stage collapsed it gave way during a performance by cheep trick. five concert goers were injured one of them in serious condition. they had bad storms at the time. >>> 7:27 a.m., time is running out for members of congress to come to an agreement on the nations debt ceiling. a deal may be in the works after the break we will sit down with the policy director at the committee for a responsibility federal budget for more >> as we head to break let's take another lookout side the latest traf
beyond 2011 he made an unannounced trip to afghanistan to meet with the troops. >>> in a sign of worsening relations with pakistan the u.s. is withholding $800 million in aid to the country's army they want more aggressive action taken against the taliban and not happy about their decision to revoke visas for american military trainers according to reports by the new york times white house chief of staff william daily talked about the tricky relationship this week. >>> obviously they have been an important alley in the fight on terrorism, victim of enormous amounts of terrorism but right now they have taken steps that give us reason to pause on aid we were giving to their military and we are trying to work through that. >>> tensions between the two nations have been on the rise since u.s. navy seals killed osama bin laden during a raid on pakistani soil in may. >>> another big story this morning, remembering betty ford the former first lady died friday she was 93. >> funeral services will happen tomorrow in the meantime sarah simmons is back with how folks are honouring her me
in afghanistan, 2008 he is only the second living active duty soldier to get the award. he will be honored in the east room of the white house in front of his wife and other family members. >>> another big story today, a private funeral service held in california for former first lady betty ford. she will be remembered at st. margaret's in palm desert among those attending first lady michelle obama and nancy regan, rozalin carter, hillary clinton later in the day, the public will have a chance to say goodbye, mrs. ford will lie in repose at the church tomorrow morning her casket will travel to grand rapids michigan for burial alongside her husband thursday. >>> absentee voting in northern virginia voters are selecting candidates in the house of delegates and state senate, absentee voting continues through august 20th the actual primary is on august 23rd. >>> coming up 10 minutes past the hour, this tuesday morning just a few days after that texas rangers fan was killed trying to catch a foul ball at the baseball game scary seen at the all-star home run derby. >>> the photo when we come bac
to toxic smoke at burn pitts in afghanistan. >> very happy. very happy, start of a new life for me, rebirth after losing my wife. >> chris and daniel first met more than two years ago at a program for families of service members killed in iraq and afghanistan. >> we tell our kids, they have a mom and dad in heaven and a mom and dad on earth. >> chris' mom and dad flew in from ohio to attend the ceremony. >> they both have been through so much and for them now to have found one another, and have the opportunity to go on living, we couldn't be happier for both of them. >> i am so happy so unbelievably happy and overwhelmed. >> in the end, we are happy and we've found each other and our families are together as one and it was important we do it here so that ryan and jessica can be a part of the ceremony as well because they remain a part -- a big part of our family. >>> in arlington virginia, bob barner, fox 5 news. >>> 8:42 a.m. on this tuesday morning. >> the world's best jump ropers are in washington today they are teaching us their tricks. holly good morning. >> reporter: they are teaching
adapted homes for the most severely wounded veterans returning from iraq and afghanistan. [ applause ] >> because we have been doing this across the country, we have a huge base of support. >> when homes for our troops built the house they made it for all adams needs including wide open spaces lower counter tops and doors that open automatically. >> local businesses and volunteers were involved >> chef we must have had hundreds of thousands of dollars donated in terms of labor, material. can't explain how moving it was. >> you know what they say in the real estate business, location location. this was perfect for adam, with the surrounding open road. >> my injuries have really caused me to realize that every day could be my last and i do everything i can to live my life to the fullest and ride motorcycles is one of those things i have picked up after i got wounded. >> adams motorcycle club made up of all military and law enforcement came to support their friend and club president looking forward the seeing him again on the next ride. >>> in frederick, paula fell, fox 5 news. >>> comi
the latest in a string of legal problems for the company. once it wraps up its work in iraq and afghanistan. the company is now known as xe and is moving to arlington. >>> tonight on the news edge at 11:00 a serial slasher is on the loose in fairfax county. a man's cut several women at busy shopping malls. police are worried it's only going to get worse. >>> a congressman is arrested outside the white house today. find out why on the news edge at 11:00. >>> now that the lockout finally over donovan mcnabb is as good as gone and that leaves the big hole in the quarterback position. >> at redskins park today fox 5's sports director dave feldman spoke to some guy. i've heard him show up at redskins park talking a lot of smack, hasn't played football in five years and this is our leader. >> maybe. his name is john beck. went on national radio a while ago, said he was going to be the redskins starting quarterback. the second round pick out of byu has not backed down from that statement since, something i discussed with him earlier this afternoon. john beck as happy as anybody the lockout is now
for a while. a marine fighting in afghanistan had a question for act an actress. take a -- question for an actress. take a listen. >> i just want to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the marine corps ball on november 18 in greenville, north carolina. yours truly. take a second, think about it. get back to me. >> sergeant scott moore posted the youtube video asking the star to accompany him to the marine corps ball. well, it went viral. she heard about it from her co- star just continue timberlake and she said yes. >> is there really a video? >> it's november? >> you have to go. >> okay. >> we're going to work this out. >> we'll see if she makes good on the promise. >> may i say well played. >> for her. that's great. >> fantastic not so much in our weather. >> no. it's going to be hot, humid, not pleasant today. that goes without saying. it's going to be dangerous heat as well. our temps are going to feel like over 100 degrees, possibly up to 106, 107 degrees later today is what it will feel like. >> this is bad even for the heat lovers. i mean it's bad for you. >> it is.
of the nato mission in both afghanistan and libya and frankly is going to be a target and it looks like today was the day unfortunately. >> police believe these attacks are related. do you have any insight as to why? they are so different, the bombing that we see, the result of downtown oslow and at a camp. why do they believe these two are related? because of the timing? >> the timing is the most obvious factor. these are both terrorist tactics that have been used previously by al-qaeda and al- qaeda inspired groups. what happened in mumbai in 2008, killed over 150 people. that's a mass shooting, bombings are a common occurrence in iraq and other places where al-qaeda is used vehicle born explosive devices. >> what kind of planning went into this? obviously more than one person. >> right, it's very sophisticated attack and another reason to suspect that there's a larger terrorism network involved here. it's unlikely that a single dure durageed individual -- as well as carry out this attack. two-prong attack, both very different methods, potentially by the same individual. we know there i
in afghanistan had a big question for you. take a listen. >> i just want to take a moment out of my day to invite you to the marine corps ball on november 18 in greensville, north carolina. with yours truly. take a second. think about it. get back to me. >> i like how he was swaggering too. making it all part-- >> if you're talking to mila, you've got to give it a little something. >> the sergeant posted the youtube video asking the star to accompany him to the marine corps ball. it went viral. she heard about it from her co- star justin timberlake and said yes. take a listen. >> is there really video? >> yes. >> watch this. >> it's november? >> you have to go. >> okay. >> we're going to work this out. >> we're going to make this happen. >> sure. >> we'll see if she makes good on her promise. the ball is on november 18 in greenville, north carolina. >> hopefully she does. >> cool. >>> the crime and punishment museum in northwest d.c. is allowing you to become a investigator for a week. >> a lot of people are going to want to take advantage of this. do you have what it takes? holly morris does. sh
news after this. >>> in afghanistan, a former northern virginia resident servings athe mayor of kandahar has been assassinated. he was killed by a suicide bomber while meeting with local leaders in capped hare. the taliban claiming responsibility. the u.s. ambassador condemned the killing but says it is a sign of taliban's weakness that they can no longer conduct large-scale operations. >>> a story that we covered earlier this year. william caldwell did not engauge in psychological operations against u.s. senators as first reported. the thee-star army general has been cleared following an investigation into allegations that he ordered soldiers to use mind games. the pentagon's inspector general says there is no truth to the accusations. >>> the tsa is facing a discrimination lawsuit accused of not hiring a man because he is missing a hand. michael costantino applied as a security koreaner at la guardia airport. he says he passed the interviews, background check and thought he passed a physical exam but he says the t system a disqualified him for the job because he only has on
veterans returning from iraq and afghanistan. [ applause ] >> because we have been doing this across the country, we have a huge base of support. >> and built the house, making it for awful his needs, wide open spaces and countertops and doors that open automatically. >> reporter: local businesses and volunteers were involved in the big project. >> you must have had the hundreds of thousands donated in terms of labor and material. can't explain to you how moving it was and. >> reporter: you know what they say in the real estate business, location, location, location. this was perfect for adam with a surrounding open road. >> seeing my injuries, they caused me to realizeef day could be my last. i do everything i can to live my life to the fullest and this is what i picked up after getting wounded. >> reporter: the motorcycle club made up of all military and law enforcement came to support the friend and club president on this special day. looking forward to seeing them again on the next ride in frederick, paul rafael, fox 5 news. >>> a sign of more
news. >>> three nato service members were killed during a series of attacks across afghanistan two died when a bomb went off in the south the third was killed during an attack in the east no word on the nationalities of the victims in one claimed responsibility. 15 international service members have been killed so far this month. >>> senior military official in iran threatening the united states, he safes u.s. aircraft carriers will be targeted if iran is attacked over its nuclear program the commander confirms iran conducted secret missile testclaims its missiles can reach israel and u.s. military bases in the region. >>> dalai lama is in dc for a 10 davie sit, 10,000 people sat on the west lawn this weekend to listen to his message urging inner calm. >> reporter: first there was chanting. , then a misstress of ceremonies something of a surprise to a lot of people. >> i know some of you are sitting there thinking what? >> reporter: comedian and activist whoopi goldberg introduced the dalai lama he is attending a 10 day world peace ritual in wash
and lindsay graham appeared together on fox news sunday from kabul, afghanistan. graham taking issue with president obama's more aggressive troop withdrawal timetable. >> it has created risk. it has changed the momentum. it is seen now as an effort to withdraw rather than transition. and i hope and pray this works out well. it came at a very critical time, and we will see what the future holds. >> if we don't succeed here and the taliban comes back into power, we'll be attacked again. and there could be no greater threat to our security and our freedom, the freedom that we celebrate on july 4th. >> reporter: melanie alnwick, fox five news. >>> the former head of the international monetary fund may have a political future in france. a new poll shows nearly half of those surveyed in france believe strauss-kahn should return to political life in france. 46% said no. the rest didn't answer the question. strauss-kahn is charged with sexually assaulting a manhattan hotel housekeeper. prosecutors say her credibility may now be in question. >>> a gaz
's involvement in afghanistan. >>> execution of a mexican man in texas could be delayed tonight if the supreme court blocks it. the white house wants it delayed. the man never had access to the mexican consolate and his argued say they never know if that could have helped in his defense. execution is set for 5:00 tonight. >>> army psychiatrist charged with the deadly shooting rampage at fort hood will face the death penalty. he is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder in the november 2009 attack. his attorney has declined to say whether he's considering an insanity defense. he is paralyzed from the waist down after police shot him to stop the attack. >>> about 7:27 now on this thursday morning. we'll look at the nation's debt crisis. >>> as we head to the break, a live look outside. going to get -- wow, look at this fog. is this our tower cam? i think this is our tower cam near in northwest washington. a lot of fog. tucker will tell us about the forecast, julie has a look at the roadways when fox five morning news returns.    >>> buddhists from around the world gathered at th
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